Enhancing his game

Tampa DE Jordan Sherit wanted to play on Team Tampa so he learned a new position and it likely enhanced his recruiting stock. Here's a recruiting update on Sherit and a handful of more from the IMG Madden 7v7 National Championship.

Bradenton, Fla. - One of the most intriguing prospects in the IMG Madden 7v7 National Championship was Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough). This four-star recruit and the nation's No. 23 ranked defensive end wanted to play on Team Tampa. Problem is you don't play with linemen in 7-on-7.

"So I wanted to come out here and play linebacker," Sherit said. "I was so uncomfortable at first. I mean I was out of my element. That first day back in the spring was hard. You try and go one on one with a guy like Alvin Bailey (Sefffner, Fla./Armwood). Eventually, I learned and those guys taught me a lot. I learned how to play in space and play in coverage. I took it as a privilege to play on this team. Now, I am so much better."

For those that don't know Sherit he's a little too big to play linebacker. He currently stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 244-pounds. But it's all part of the plan. You see some schools like Sherit at the ‘Buck' position in a 3-4 defense.

"It's been a true blessing," Sherit said. "Some schools like me as that hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end. But honestly, I am looking and liking schools that play the 4-3 and 3-4. But right now it's not about football."

Sherit hopes to narrow things down to a top eight to 10 in the next few days. In the meantime, he has checked out Florida and South Florida. He may camp at Florida State this month and perhaps Miami as well. He has already seen Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. But for Sherit, he wants to see so much more.

"I do," Sherit said. "Right now it's about meeting with the academics and getting to know the people. I want to find a school that I have the best feel."

There are several out of state schools that he has yet to see that really intrigue Sherit in Oklahoma, Ohio State and especially Stanford. In fact, the Cardinal is the only school that likes Sherit as a tight end.

"They are really intriguing to me," Sherit said. "I have a great relationship with those coaches. I can tell you know that I will make an official visit there this fall for sure. And I won't make a decision until I at least make a few official visits this fall.

"I can't say that I am going to stay in-state and pick one of those schools. I owe it to myself to make sure and see the (out-of-state) schools I need to see before I make my decision."

Last season as a junior, Sherit recorded 110 tackles and 14 sacks and scored three touchdowns on offense.

Hargreaves breaks down three
The nation's top cornerback prospect, Vernon Hargreaves, III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) had a very good weekend. This is a five-star kid who can practically name his program. Here, he talks about three of his favorites. Hargreaves is reluctant to narrow things down until he sees more schools.

"I like Miami, Florida and USF," Hargreaves said. "But that's just from what I've seen. I've only seen the in-state schools.

"My dad used to coach there [Miami] and that's where I kind of grew up, and when I went back I just felt like I was home. I kind of just fell in love with it again. There's not much more. I just like it."

"Florida has good coaches. Their coaches keep it real with me. They say they love me and they're always calling me asking me how I'm doing and all that kind of stuff."

"At USF I know all the coaches on the staff and I know most of the players. My dad is there obviously and I think it would be kind of cool to play for my dad. I've known about USF before my dad coached there. When they were ranked No. 2 they caught my attention and I actually liked their quarterback Matt Grothe."

South Florida Express QBs
The talented South Florida Express Elite team was quarterbacked by two talented signal callers in Troy Cook (Miami, Fla./Palmetto) and Mike White (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School).

Cook, 6-foot-2 and 190-pounds, has an offer from Western Michigan. He's also being recruited by Duke, Florida International, Ole Miss and Maryland.

"Duke is recruiting me hard out of that list," Cook said. "I really like them a lot. I love coach [David] Cutcliffe. He's the best."

Last season as a junior, Cook threw for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 475 yards and eight scores.

"I am a pro-style guy that can run a little," Cook said. "I have deceptive speed."

White has to be one of the more interesting prospects at this position in the state. He has great size at 6-foot-5 and 195-pounds and plays on one of the most talented teams in Florida. This fall will be his first as a starter.

"There's a wealth of talent on this South Florida Express team and many of the receivers are my high school teammates," White said. "So this has been great for me. We are getting the timing done and now it's time to focus on that first game."

White camped at Oklahoma State this summer and is hoping to be a part of the Cowboy class.

"They standout," White said. "I love that staff. They are so laid back and down to earth. I can see myself playing there. They tell me that they may take another QB or there's a chance that maybe I greyshirt. We will see.

"Indiana, South Florida, Tulane and Ole Miss are some other schools recruiting me."

With it being his first season as a starter, White's school list could change in a hurry this fall. Stay tuned.

Thanks but no thanks
Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.) was a Signing Day commitment for Clemson. This quarterback in the Class of 2014 is so happy that he doesn't have to worry about recruiting.

"I am glad to have it done," Watson said. "Those coaches are awesome. I love the school and town. The fans are terrific and there's so much support for Clemson football. And I will be in a position to compete for the job. Then you have my style that fits their system. It just made too much sense."

Despite the decision, teams haven't given up.

"I still talk to other schools," Watson said. "The SEC and ACC are still recruiting me. I appreciate the attention. I just tell them thanks but no thanks. But I am cool about it because you never know. They could be your coach one day."

Watson quarterbacked the Cam Newton All-Star team for Georgia. They earned the top seed but were upset early in pool play.

Great Scott
Clearly, one of the top underclassmen at IMG was wide receiver Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake). He played a critical role in Team Tampa's win over Max Ex in the championship game, catching two long touchdown passes.

"I loved this," Scott said. "I thought I did well. It's all about competing."

There's no question that this 2014 recruit will be one of the top prospects from the Sunshine State next season. According to Scott, he already has scholarship offers from Florida, Florida State, USF, Ohio State, Cincinnati, South Carolina and Iowa State.

"They all standout, all the schools that offered," Scott said. "All the locals (schools) standout to me right now. I just want to sit back and watch and absorb everything."

Scott, 5-11 and 180-pounds, camped at Florida and North Carolina State this sumer.

"Florida went well," Scott said. "They offered and it's close to home. Plus, my mom likes UF. N.C. State hasn't offered."

McClain talks Wildcats
Winter Park (Fla.) defensive back Blake McClain made his commitment late last week and picked the University of Kentucky over several teams.

"Mainly, it was their coaching staff," McClain said. "They are just great. "I love the campus and the city. I did like an eight school tour and that place was the best. And it's the SEC."

McClain, 5-foot-11 and 180-pounds, committed to the Wildcats over Illinois, Pitt and South Florida.


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